Sheet 07 Lamp Tops

A lamp on a typical ornate stand, ‘Midland in Bristol’.

I have produced this A4 SHEET of artwork to simplify creating the glazed portion of lamp tops; a style at one time incredibly numerous all over the British railway scene. They could be found on platforms, in goods yards, on roads serving railway property, loco yards - everywhere in fact. Many survived well into Grouping and probably many examples beyond that, so wouldn’t look out of place on all but maybe the most modern-image layout. The dimensions are based on the Midland Railway but I suspect are fairly universal.

I played around with various methods to produce the shades and ended up with this; whereby the artwork here is transferred onto any thin clear plastic (as found in a lot of food packaging) using the ‘nail varnish’ method (see the pages here on Tea Crates). It is then laminated with crystal-clear tape, scribed and folded around. The two squares are templates to enable a top and bottom to be cut out of plasticard and holes drilled in the centres where marked. The example above was made using this method with the ornate base stem fabricated from brass tube and wire; the top vent was turned up from a scrap of ebony. The whole assembly is held together by passing brass rod through the tube and up through the middle of the lamp shade and held together with tiny blobs of PVA (white glue). 

Full instructions are included with the A4 sheet which contains sufficient artwork to make 16 shades (although 100% yield might be ambitious!). 


One A4 sheet costs £6.95 plus £1 post and packing, supplied flat in a ‘Do Not Bend’ envelope.


See my eBay listing 283185183490 or request through the Contact Page.

A couple of shots of finished lamp shades, before painting and embellishing with a base and finial.